11The second book of the prophet Esdras, the son of Saraias, the son of Azarias, the son of Helchias, the son of Sadamias, the son of Sadoc, the son of Achitob,
2The son of Achias, the son of Phinees, the son of Heli, the son of Amarias, the son of Aziei, the son of Marimoth, the son of Arna, the son of Ozias, the son of Borith, the son of Abisei, the son of Phinees, the son of Eleazar,
3The son of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi; which was captive in the land of the Medes, in the reign of Artexerxes king of the Persians.
4And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
5Go thy way, and shew my people their sinful deeds, and their children their wickedness which they have done against me; that they may tell their children’s children:
6Because the sins of their fathers are increased in them: for they have forgotten me, and have offered unto strange gods.
7Am not I even he that brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage? but they have provoked me unto wrath, and despised my counsels.
8Pull thou off then the hair of thy head, and cast all evil upon them, for they have not been obedient unto my law, but it is a rebellious people.
9How long shall I forbear them, unto whom I have done so much good?
10Many kings have I destroyed for their sakes; Pharaoh with his servants and all his power have I smitten down.
11All the nations have I destroyed before them, and in the east I have scattered the people of two provinces, even of Tyrus and Sidon, and have slain all their enemies.
12Speak thou therefore unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord,
13I led you through the sea and in the beginning gave you a large and safe passage; I gave you Moses for a leader, and Aaron for a priest.
14I gave you light in a pillar of fire, and great wonders have I done among you; yet have ye forgotten me, saith the Lord.
15Thus saith the Almighty Lord, The quails were as a token to you; I gave you tents for your safeguard: nevertheless ye murmured there,
16And triumphed not in my name for the destruction of your enemies, but ever to this day do ye yet murmur.
17Where are the benefits that I have done for you? when ye were hungry and thirsty in the wilderness, did ye not cry unto me,
18Saying, Why hast thou brought us into this wilderness to kill us? it had been better for us to have served the Egyptians, than to die in this wilderness.
19Then had I pity upon your mournings, and gave you manna to eat; so ye did eat angels’ bread.
20When ye were thirsty, did I not cleave the rock, and waters flowed out to your fill? for the heat I covered you with the leaves of the trees.
21I divided among you a fruitful land, I cast out the Canaanites, the Pherezites, and the Philistines, before you: what shall I yet do more for you? saith the Lord.
22Thus saith the Almighty Lord, When ye were in the wilderness, in the river of the Amorites, being athirst, and blaspheming my name,
23I gave you not fire for your blasphemies, but cast a tree in the water, and made the river sweet.
24What shall I do unto thee, O Jacob? thou, Juda, wouldest not obey me: I will turn me to other nations, and unto those will I give my name, that they may keep my statutes.
25Seeing ye have forsaken me, I will forsake you also; when ye desire me to be gracious unto you, I shall have no mercy upon you.
26Whensoever ye shall call upon me, I will not hear you: for ye have defiled your hands with blood, and your feet are swift to commit manslaughter.
27Ye have not as it were forsaken me, but your own selves, saith the Lord.
28Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Have I not prayed you as a father his sons, as a mother her daughters, and a nurse her young babes,
29That ye would be my people, and I should be your God; that ye would be my children, and I should be your father?
30I gathered you together, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings: but now, what shall I do unto you? I will cast you out from my face.
31When ye offer unto me, I will turn my face from you: for your solemn feastdays, your new moons, and your circumcisions, have I forsaken.
32I sent unto you my servants the prophets, whom ye have taken and slain, and torn their bodies in pieces, whose blood I will require of your hands, saith the Lord.
33Thus saith the Almighty Lord, Your house is desolate, I will cast you out as the wind doth stubble.
34And your children shall not be fruitful; for they have despised my commandment, and done the thing that is an evil before me.
35Your houses will I give to a people that shall come; which not having heard of me yet shall believe me; to whom I have shewed no signs, yet they shall do that I have commanded them.
36They have seen no prophets, yet they shall call their sins to remembrance, and acknowledge them.
37I take to witness the grace of the people to come, whose little ones rejoice in gladness: and though they have not seen me with bodily eyes, yet in spirit they believe the thing that I say.
38And now, brother, behold what glory; and see the people that come from the east:
39Unto whom I will give for leaders, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Oseas, Amos, and Micheas, Joel, Abdias, and Jonas,
40Nahum, and Abacuc, Sophonias, Aggeus, Zachary, and Malachy, which is called also an angel of the Lord.
21Thus saith the Lord, I brought this people out of bondage, and I gave them my commandments by menservants the prophets; whom they would not hear, but despised my counsels.
2The mother that bare them saith unto them, Go your way, ye children; for I am a widow and forsaken.
3I brought you up with gladness; but with sorrow and heaviness have I lost you: for ye have sinned before the Lord your God, and done that thing that is evil before him.
4But what shall I now do unto you? I am a widow and forsaken: go your way, O my children, and ask mercy of the Lord.
5As for me, O father, I call upon thee for a witness over the mother of these children, which would not keep my covenant,
6That thou bring them to confusion, and their mother to a spoil, that there may be no offspring of them.
7Let them be scattered abroad among the heathen, let their names be put out of the earth: for they have despised my covenant.
8Woe be unto thee, Assur, thou that hidest the unrighteous in thee! O thou wicked people, remember what I did unto Sodom and Gomorrha;
9Whose land lieth in clods of pitch and heaps of ashes: even so also will I do unto them that hear me not, saith the Almighty Lord.
10Thus saith the Lord unto Esdras, Tell my people that I will give them the kingdom of Jerusalem, which I would have given unto Israel.
11Their glory also will I take unto me, and give these the everlasting tabernacles, which I had prepared for them.
12They shall have the tree of life for an ointment of sweet savour; they shall neither labour, nor be weary.
13Go, and ye shall receive: pray for few days unto you, that they may be shortened: the kingdom is already prepared for you: watch.
14Take heaven and earth to witness; for I have broken the evil in pieces, and created the good: for I live, saith the Lord.
15Mother, embrace thy children, and bring them up with gladness, make their feet as fast as a pillar: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord.
16And those that be dead will I raise up again from their places, and bring them out of the graves: for I have known my name in Israel.
17Fear not, thou mother of the children: for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord.
18For thy help will I send my servants Esau and Jeremy, after whose counsel I have sanctified and prepared for thee twelve trees laden with divers fruits,
19And as many fountains flowing with milk and honey, and seven mighty mountains, whereupon there grow roses and lilies, whereby I will fill thy children with joy.
20Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked,
21Heal the broken and the weak, laugh not a lame man to scorn, defend the maimed, and let the blind man come into the sight of my clearness.
22Keep the old and young within thy walls.
23Wheresoever thou findest the dead, take them and bury them, and I will give thee the first place in my resurrection.
24Abide still, O my people, and take thy rest, for thy quietness still come.
25Nourish thy children, O thou good nurse; stablish their feet.
26As for the servants whom I have given thee, there shall not one of them perish; for I will require them from among thy number.
27Be not weary: for when the day of trouble and heaviness cometh, others shall weep and be sorrowful, but thou shalt be merry and have abundance.
28The heathen shall envy thee, but they shall be able to do nothing against thee, saith the Lord.
29My hands shall cover thee, so that thy children shall not see hell.
30Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy children; for I will deliver thee, saith the Lord.
31Remember thy children that sleep, for I shall bring them out of the sides of the earth, and shew mercy unto them: for I am merciful, saith the Lord Almighty.
32Embrace thy children until I come and shew mercy unto them: for my wells run over, and my grace shall not fail.
33I Esdras received a charge of the Lord upon the mount Oreb, that I should go unto Israel; but when I came unto them, they set me at nought, and despised the commandment of the Lord.
34And therefore I say unto you, O ye heathen, that hear and understand, look for your Shepherd, he shall give you everlasting rest; for he is nigh at hand, that shall come in the end of the world.
35Be ready to the reward of the kingdom, for the everlasting light shall shine upon you for evermore.
36Flee the shadow of this world, receive the joyfulness of your glory: I testify my Saviour openly.
37O receive the gift that is given you, and be glad, giving thanks unto him that hath led you to the heavenly kingdom.
38Arise up and stand, behold the number of those that be sealed in the feast of the Lord;
39Which are departed from the shadow of the world, and have received glorious garments of the Lord.
40Take thy number, O Sion, and shut up those of thine that are clothed in white, which have fulfilled the law of the Lord.
41The number of thy children, whom thou longedst for, is fulfilled: beseech the power of the Lord, that thy people, which have been called from the beginning, may be hallowed.
42I Esdras saw upon the mount Sion a great people, whom I could not number, and they all praised the Lord with songs.
43And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly.
44So I asked the angel, and said, Sir, what are these?
45He answered and said unto me, These be they that have put off the mortal clothing, and put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God: now are they crowned, and receive palms.
46Then said I unto the angel, What young person is it that crowneth them, and giveth them palms in their hands?
47So he answered and said unto me, It is the Son of God, whom they have confessed in the world. Then began I greatly to commend them that stood so stiffly for the name of the Lord.
48Then the angel said unto me, Go thy way, and tell my people what manner of things, and how great wonders of the Lord thy God, thou hast seen.
31In the thirtieth year after the ruin of the city I was in Babylon, and lay troubled upon my bed, and my thoughts came up over my heart:
2For I saw the desolation of Sion, and the wealth of them that dwelt at Babylon.
3And my spirit was sore moved, so that I began to speak words full of fear to the most High, and said,
4O Lord, who bearest rule, thou spakest at the beginning, when thou didst plant the earth, and that thyself alone, and commandedst the people,
5And gavest a body unto Adam without soul, which was the workmanship of thine hands, and didst breathe into him the breath of life, and he was made living before thee.
6And thou leadest him into paradise, which thy right hand had planted, before ever the earth came forward.
7And unto him thou gavest commandment to love thy way: which he transgressed, and immediately thou appointedst death in him and in his generations, of whom came nations, tribes, people, and kindreds, out of number.
8And every people walked after their own will, and did wonderful things before thee, and despised thy commandments.
9And again in process of time thou broughtest the flood upon those that dwelt in the world, and destroyedst them.
10And it came to pass in every of them, that as death was to Adam, so was the flood to these.
11Nevertheless one of them thou leftest, namely, Noah with his household, of whom came all righteous men.
12And it happened, that when they that dwelt upon the earth began to multiply, and had gotten them many children, and were a great people, they began again to be more ungodly than the first.
13Now when they lived so wickedly before thee, thou didst choose thee a man from among them, whose name was Abraham.
14Him thou lovedst, and unto him only thou shewedst thy will:
15And madest an everlasting covenant with him, promising him that thou wouldest never forsake his seed.
16And unto him thou gavest Isaac, and unto Isaac also thou gavest Jacob and Esau. As for Jacob, thou didst choose him to thee, and put by Esau: and so Jacob became a great multitude.
17And it came to pass, that when thou leadest his seed out of Egypt, thou broughtest them up to the mount Sinai.
18And bowing the heavens, thou didst set fast the earth, movedst the whole world, and madest the depths to tremble, and troubledst the men of that age.
19And thy glory went through four gates, of fire, and of earthquake, and of wind, and of cold; that thou mightest give the law unto the seed of Jacob, and diligence unto the generation of Israel.
20And yet tookest thou not away from them a wicked heart, that thy law might bring forth fruit in them.
21For the first Adam bearing a wicked heart transgressed, and was overcome; and so be all they that are born of him.
22Thus infirmity was made permanent; and the law (also) in the heart of the people with the malignity of the root; so that the good departed away, and the evil abode still.
23So the times passed away, and the years were brought to an end: then didst thou raise thee up a servant, called David:
24Whom thou commandedst to build a city unto thy name, and to offer incense and oblations unto thee therein.
25When this was done many years, then they that inhabited the city forsook thee,
26And in all things did even as Adam and all his generations had done: for they also had a wicked heart:
27And so thou gavest thy city over into the hands of thine enemies.
28Are their deeds then any better that inhabit Babylon, that they should therefore have the dominion over Sion?
29For when I came thither, and had seen impieties without number, then my soul saw many evildoers in this thirtieth year, so that my heart failed me.
30For I have seen how thou sufferest them sinning, and hast spared wicked doers: and hast destroyed thy people, and hast preserved thine enemies, and hast not signified it.
31I do not remember how this way may be left: Are they then of Babylon better than they of Sion?
32Or is there any other people that knoweth thee beside Israel? or what generation hath so believed thy covenants as Jacob?
33And yet their reward appeareth not, and their labour hath no fruit: for I have gone here and there through the heathen, and I see that they flow in wealth, and think not upon thy commandments.
34Weigh thou therefore our wickedness now in the balance, and theirs also that dwell the world; and so shall thy name no where be found but in Israel.
35Or when was it that they which dwell upon the earth have not sinned in thy sight? or what people have so kept thy commandments?
36Thou shalt find that Israel by name hath kept thy precepts; but not the heathen.